Serie A

How Juventus could line-up against Sampdoria

Andrea Pirlo's side embark on the 2020/21 campaign in defence of yet another Scudetto

8:00am on Sunday 20th September 2020
Martin Macdonald

Juventus begin their Serie A title defence this Sunday with a home match against Sampdoria at the Allianz Stadium.

Last season, the Bianconeri weren't at their best under Maurizio Sarri, with Inter and Lazio maintaining a title challenge for the majority of the campaign, but they still won their ninth championship in a row.

They are going for 10-in-a-row in 2020/21 under a new boss - club legend Andrea Pirlo. The World Cup winner does have a few selection headaches heading into the game, as he is without Matthijs de Ligt after the Dutchman had shoulder surgery, while Alex Sandro is a doubt after collecting an injury in training.

Federico Bernardeschi picked up a knock on international duty and should miss out also. Perhaps crucially, Paulo Dybala is still out, too, with a thigh issue.

On the transfer front, Juve have completed the signings of Arthur from Barcelona and Weston McKennie from Schalke.

However, Pirlo remains in the hunt for another No. 9 to partner Cristiano Ronaldo in attack, with Luis Suarez and Edin Dzeko both continually linked with a move to Turin.

Expect Dejan Kulusevski to feature alongside CR7 for this opener.

Juventus predicted XI v Sampdoria:

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